Iphone Apps for Kids: Casper’s Scare School

People must think I’m in the back pocket of Mindshapes as I’m always raving about their apps. However, I think there success it due to the fact that they have consultant teachers on board so you end up with fun apps that are also educational.

I was sent a promo code for their latest iPhone app Casper’s Scare School (£1.99), which was released just in time for Halloween and it’s a scream (excuse the pun)!  Kids are faced with a character in fancy dress and they have 10 seconds to study it. Then they have to try and remember the ghoulish outfit. It’s great for short term memory. Honestly, it’s ‘fang’tastic!

Iphone Apps for Kids – Mindshapes Lingo Zoo

The folks at Mindshapes have done it again! They’ve managed to create another great kid’s app that is both educational and fun. Lingo Zoo (available from iTunes for £1.49) is a wonderful way to introduce kids to Spanish!

Kid’s work their way through different areas by completing animal jigsaws. As a reward they then see and hear the animal names in both English and Spanish. There are 7 different areas to explore; Farm, Safari, Jungle, Outback, Garden, Woodland and Underwater. The animations are stunning and my four-year old daughter has been having great fun pronouncing the words in Spanish. It sure beats Dora!

So overall here is what (I) we thought:

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Disclosure: In return for this review I received the app for free.

Iphone Apps for Kids – Mindshapes Hickory Dickory Dock

My daughter and I went to an event in Kensington last night for the launch of Mindshapes new kids app, Hickory Dickory Dock (available from iTunes for £1.99). It introduces children to the concept of telling time, accompanied by the familiar nursery rhyme and a mischievous mouse. There are 12 mini games within the app, one for each hour on the clock.

At first, as an ex-teacher, I was a bit concerned that the mini-games distracted my daughter from the skill of telling time, as I didn’t think they were directly linked to the time on the clock and felt a bit random. But, after reading a bit more about the philosophy of the company ‘that learning should be fun’ I came to the conclusion that this was probably intentional.

My daughter is only four and is not really ready for telling time but this gentle, almost subliminal introduction to the clock is just right. Without her even noticing she’s being introduced to both literacy and numeracy.

My daughter’s favourite game is 12 o’clock where you squirt the mouse with soap, shower him of and then blast him with the hairdryer and he turns into a big fluff ball. She howled with laughter.

The animations are amazing. However, I think they were a bit lost on my little iPhone. I can’t help thinking that this app would really come into it’s own on an Ipad.

We also had an opportunity to explore a few of their other apps. I was truly impressed with their interactive version of the Classic Tale – Jack and the Beanstalk. If I don’t manage to blag a copy I’ll definitely be buying that one.

So overall here is what (I) we thought:

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